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EAB logoEmerald Ash Borer Awareness Week (May 21-27, 2017)

Emerald ash borer is destroying ash trees throughout the eastern part of North America. This pest is slowly getting closer to North Dakota, with the closest known infestation in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area (March 2012). This week we will focus on the pest and how to prevent its harmful impacts in North Dakota.

Sunday: Overview/Background. Monday: Signs/Symptoms. Tuesday: Firewood. Wednesday: Value/Cost. Thursday: Diversity/Replacement Trees. Friday: Treatments


Lawns: Interpreting Your Soil Test AnalysisSoil testing for lawns

This new publication teaches homeowners and golf course personnel how to take a soil sample and interpret the soil test results to grow and maintain a health lawn. 
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Flowering ShrubsWeigela

Discover which shrubs are best for various situations in home landscapes.
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Grafting Applesapple tree grafting

Add a new variety of apple on your existing tree. We'll show you how to do it.
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Landscaping in Shady AreasShade garden

Make your garden glow in the shade! Layer different textures, forms, colors and height to create a sanctuary from the summer heat.
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Landscaping in Salty Soils

Plants struggle in saline soils. Salts burn plant roots and contribute to poor aeration and poor drainage. Select plants that tolerate this harsh environment, irrigate deeply and mulch plants.
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Build Your Own Raised Garden BedRaised garden bed

Raised beds make gardening easier for everyone. We'll show you how to build sturdy, attractive planters. 
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Growing a Pollinator Garden

We can support local bee populations by planting a pollinator garden. This publication will help you identify major pollinators, choose plants that will provide a continuous source of nectar and pollen, and safely use pesticides.
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Download presentation, and handouts: Perennials by Flowering Season and NDSU Extension Master Gardener Pollinator Garden Certification

Planting Trees in North Dakota

Planting trees

When planted properly, trees can live far beyond our lifetimes, providing shade and beauty. If planted incorrectly, trees become a liability or die prematurely. This publication describes types of tree stock, timing considerations, planting methods and post-planting care.
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Tree Diagnostic ServicesIron chlorosis

This series of 23 cards will help you diagnose common tree disorders in North Dakota. The cards contain diagnostic photos, host range, symptoms and signs, and management tips.
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Tree Fruits Culture and Cultivarsapples on tree

Growing your own fruit can be fascinating and fun. Many types of fruit trees, including apple, pear, plum and cherry, can grow in North Dakota. This publication describes provides an overview of cultural practices and describes cultivars recommended for North Dakota.
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